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Improved Reader Slot Design for Swipe Motion Magnetic Stripe Badge Readers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062136D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Au, E Fado, F Kennedy, PJ Lewis, JR McConnell, S Pfretzschner, C [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a badge reader design utilizing a slot which is adapted for a swipe motion to read the magnetic stripe. In conventional badge readers, the badge is entered from the side and swiped through a slot. The problem with such a reader slot in a casting with high tolerances is the aligning of the badge reader with the edge of the casting slot. When the user enters the badge from the side, interference is encountered from the casting. The slot disclosed herein encourages the user to insert the badge from the front of the casting using guide areas until the badge hits the back of the reader. The user then slides the badge laterally through the reader without interference from the casting. The improved design is illustrated in the drawings. Fig. 1 is a side view and Fig.